Perspectives

Do The Right Thing

Do the Right Thing As we begin a new year, it is healthy to look at the year in review and determine how me might improve. I believe assessing our personal integrity is a great way to begin personal reflection. As leaders our personal integrity is the foundation from which we build trust with those we hope to lead and influence. Trust will be eroded by a leader who embodies “Do what I say, not what I do.” And it is always more difficult to rebuild trust after it has been broken. With this in mind, let me share some lessons in doing the right thing that I learned at West Point. The idea of personal integrity was ingrained from the first moment I stepped off the bus and walked through the walls of gray at West Point. Early on, cadets are introduced to the Cadet Honor Code. The code…
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Camaraderie

From the moment I arrived at West Point for “R-Day,” (or Reception Day), as a New Cadet, I became part of a team. I was assigned to a squad, a platoon and a company. The concept of relying on our classmates was embedded in our training day one, and it was how we were ultimately able to succeed. Initially, we learned to work with our roommate. Our roommate helped with everything from assisting us to memorize the reams of required fourth class knowledge, keeping the room in accordance with regulations and checking off our uniforms prior to leaving the room. By working together, we might avoid undue “attention” from Upperclassmen. Cadets don several different uniforms at the Academy, and attention to detail was paramount. As New Cadets, we learned how to polish belt buckles and shoes. Often a squad member or roommate would have mastered this skill better than others…
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Why West Point Woman?

Why West Point Woman?

“What prompted you to write your book?” I am often asked this question, whether in an interview or from a new reader. And as a natural storyteller, I typically answer with a tale.
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West Point Woman is now available on Amazon!

West Point Woman is now available on Amazon!

Big news! West Point Woman: How Character is Created and Leadership is Learned in first-edition paperback is now available for on Amazon!
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